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"Make a Living Writing is the only blog I read religiously. It's always on top of the news and advice writers need RIGHT NOW to earn more from their writing." —Linda Formichelli, The Renegade Writer

Why Super-Short Articles Can Build a Big Writing Career

Old fashioned writer with new ideaWriting short can be refreshing — like ice in your underwear.

It’s also a practical way to build a writing career.

Many magazines today, from Smithsonian to Seventeen, have lots of small articles and light pieces in their brightly designed front pages. It speaks to the reading tastes of the Internet age: colorful and chunky.

For writers — especially ones trying to break in to a magazine — these areas (called “front of book” or FOB) can be a quick source of good money and wider opportunities. Here’s how:

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How Freelance Article Writers Can Find Facts Fast — And Make Sure They’re True

young woman with magnifier glass and hat looking for something isolated on white backgroundThe strongest magazine articles usually include data from a reliable source to back up the points you’re making. Without solid information, your article doesn’t come off as credible.

But with all the information bouncing around on the Internet, it can be difficult for freelance article writers to know where to find facts from reliable sources. The key to avoiding timewasting browsing is to know what you’re looking for, and what sorts of sources you can trust.

Here are four major resources that provide the solid facts and figures you need to create great articles:

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Answers to 20 Fascinating Freelance Writing Questions + Contest Winners!

carol_selfie2015_anniversary_facebook_adI have to admit, I’m amazed.

When I asked you earlier this week to send me your freelance writing questions, I figured the entries would all be stuff I’d seen before (since I just wrote an e-book in which I answer over 100 questions).

Yes, there were plenty of those common freelance writing questions, like “How do I get started?”

But I also got a nice batch of fresh and interesting new questions! Rather than going on and on in a comment thread that has 140+ comments in it last I checked, I thought I’d answer them in more depth here on this post.

I’ll start with the four top questions that are the winners of my Freelance Writers Den 4th Anniversary contest. Writers who submitted the rest of the questions I’m answering here will each be receiving a complimentary advance copy of my soon-to-be-released e-book, 100+ Freelance Writing Questions Answered.

In case you missed it back on Tuesday — the Writers Den is turning 4 this week, and we’re celebrating with goodies and prizes.

The big prize that’s open to everyone: Freelance Writers Den is open to new members for the next 4 days! This will be our last summer open, and last time to join before our next Den bootcamp on overcoming fears, which is coming this fall.

Here are the winning questions, along with my answers (I have excerpted for space and corrected grammar for easier reading):

 

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Get Answers to Your Freelance Writing Questions [Contest!]

Freelance writer has a questionHave you got a question about freelance writing? Something that mystifies you and holds you back from pursuing this career full out, because you don’t want to look stupid?

If so, you’re not alone.

Freelance writing questions flood in every day on my email, on my Facebook page, in my blog comments. I started Freelance Writers Den to create a forum for more easily getting questions answered.

It’s the Den’s 4th anniversary this week (don’t miss the picture of me wearing a party hat!). Over 60,000 forum comments later, the questions keep on coming.

I hate it when writers tell me they’re not taking action, because they don’t know what to do. You can get the info you need fairly easily! Here’s how:

 

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Bidding on Elance? Beware The Rise of Middleman Scams

Freelance writer dealing with an evil middleman

Have you ever wondered who you’re really writing for, when you get a gig on a place like Elance?

Recently, my eyes were opened to a racket that’s going on at many of these online platforms, that writers should beware of.

First, there was the situation where I discovered an imposter was posing as me on Elance, hiring writers, and then stiffing them.

But I recently learned this was not a one-off, fluke situation, that one scammer took a bunch of Elance assignments and then subbed the work out to other writers, instead of writing the pieces themselves.

It turns out that middlemen are increasingly common on content mills and bid sites. I learned about this scene when I got an email from a man who said he had a business proposal for me.

 

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7 Simple Strategies for Getting Paid Big Freelance Bucks

Freelance writer got big moneyAcross the conference table, two business owners sat staring at me, as I explained why they needed to hire me as their writer.

I discussed what they needed — social media, blog articles, employee profiles — and to my newbie surprise, they bought it. All of it. They stood up, shook my hand and eagerly requested a proposal.

I shook their hands, smiled, and nearly collapsed into a puddle of anxiety after I left the room.

This was my first experience with a potential business client, and I had no clue how I’d move forward.

What do I charge? What do I put in my proposal? What do I do next?

Luckily, I had resources, and I put them to work. Here’s what I did to secure my first business client and first big freelance job — at a great pay rate:

 

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